2013 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 are out


The Environmental Working Group have released this year’s list for the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen, based on fruit and vegetable likeliest to contain the highest amount of pesticide residue.

It’s probably fairly obvious to most people that the fruit and veg with soft skin, or ‘skin’ that you eat, plus the leafy vegetables are going to have pesticide residue on them. The hard skinned or produce you need to peel are a safer alternative. If you can grow your own organically, all the better.


So keeping in mind this is a US based list, here it is:

Dirty Dozen:

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Cherry tomatoesapples
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Grapes
  6. Chilli
  7. Nectarines
  8. Peaches
  9. Potatoes
  10. Spinach
  11. Strawberries
  12. Capsicum

These are of course are most eaten foods in our house! I will try to look at buying the following if and when possible:


Clean Fifteen:

  1. Asparagusavocados
  2. Avocados
  3. Cabbage
  4. Rockmelon
  5. Sweet corn
  6. Eggplant
  7. Grapefruit
  8. Kiwi
  9. Mangoes
  10. Mushrooms
  11. Onions
  12. Papayas
  13. Pineapples
  14. Sweet peas
  15. Sweet potatoes


To be honest, I’m not going to stop eating these foods, however I’ll look at alternatives and be more conscious of washing my fruit and veg first, or if possible grow my own.


Linley xx

Categories: Health Issues

1 Comment

  • Heather wright says:

    Just soak the dirty dozen in a sink with 1 cup of vinegar and all the waxes and poisons. Are removed and the fruit /vegies last longer.just peel the spuds.

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